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Do employability skills really matter in the UK graduate labour market? the case of business and management graduates

Wilton, Nick

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Nicholas Wilton Nicholas.Wilton@uwe.ac.uk
Faculty Academic Director - Strategic Partnerships



Abstract

Two dominant rationales are offered by UK policymakers for the continued expansion of higher education: to service the high-skill labour requirements of a knowledge economy, and to increase educational and employment opportunities for under-represented groups. The discourse of employability connects these two rationales in a simplistic manner. Individual employability is described as both the means by which to obtain and maintain high-quality employment and to eradicate the social reproduction of inequality. However, evidence drawn from a survey of graduate careers suggests that for a cohort of recent business and management graduates, the relationship between employability and employment is far from straightforward.The data suggest that traditional labour market disadvantage still appears to be an impediment to achievement, regardless of the extent to which graduates develop employability skills during their undergraduate studies. © 2011 The Author(s).

Citation

Wilton, N. (2011). Do employability skills really matter in the UK graduate labour market? the case of business and management graduates. Work, Employment and Society, 25(1), 85-100. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017010389244

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2011
Journal Work, Employment and Society
Print ISSN 0950-0170
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Pages 85-100
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017010389244
Keywords diversity, employability, graduates, higher education, labour market, skills
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/965091
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017010389244

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